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Florida is familiar with the long process of preparing for, dealing with, coping with, and rebuilding after, a natural disaster. A center for hurricanes, Floridians know well the routine of watching for a storm, tracking its development, then preparing for landfall. When a hurricane strikes, there is never a guarantee of the damage it will cause. Palm trees, screened in porches, cars, fences, electrical grids- the manmade world people rely on every day is vulnerable and fragile against the strength of nature. Once the wind stops blowing, the rain stops coming in sheets, and the hurricane has finally passed, there is not much idle time. Immediately, people exit their homes to assess the damage to their house, their street, their neighbors, and find out what they can about their town, as well as the rest of the state. Pictures are taken, notes are jotted down, and the mental preparedness to rebuild begins.

Despite the potential for nights without sleep, days without water or electricity, Floridians have learned to be resilient in the face of hurricanes. Resiliency is a trait that doesn’t come naturally to everyone, though it is a trait everyone can naturally create for themselves. Common phrases are used to describe resiliency that create imagery of getting up when you’re knocked down, brushing off the dirt, and others. By dictionary definition, resilience is “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties”. Resilience also means “toughness”. Resiliency doesn’t mean there aren’t emotions present, challenges to walk through, and moments of weakness. When a family and their home faces significant damage, a life might be lost, precious memories destroyed, or injuries have occurred, there is emotional distress. Having resiliency doesn’t mean not being affected by these events. To be resilient means to walk through these events in the face of everything that they bring up and take the actions necessary to recover.

Natural disasters teach us an important lesson in the ability to be resilient. Our lives are full of passing storms, tornados, blizzards, and other natural occurrences for which the metaphor rings true to our personal experiences. Eventually, the chaos ends. Traumatic experiences in life have an end, though it can feel as though the experience lives on. Trauma exists in our minds, our bodies, and our souls. With resiliency, we continue to survive, though we may not recovery. Choosing a treatment program to cope with trauma helps us build the resiliency we need to not just survive, but to fully recover and learn how to thrive again.

The Guest House Ocala offers a peaceful place of quiet, calm, safety, and structure, providing the utmost privacy and luxury for treating trauma. Our 90 day residential treatment programs can help you rebuild your life after trauma, addictions, and other related issues.

Call us today for information on life at the estate and our clinical programs: 352-812-2780